Nicky English: Tipperary blend old virtues and modern guile

It was almost impossible to see where 14-man Kilkenny would manage to get a goal

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in the  All-Ireland Senior Hurling final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer scores his side’s third goal past Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was an historic victory for Tipperary. It means that for the first time since the 1960s there are players in the county with three All-Ireland medals in a decade: Pádraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath and Séamus Callanan. All showed great leadership in making it happen both throughout the season as well as in the final.

It was beyond imagining when walking out of the Gaelic Grounds in June that the team that had been overwhelmed by Limerick would recover and win the All-Ireland by 14 points less than two months later.

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